Cornerbacks the Dallas Cowboys Must Target Now That Chris Harris is Off the Market

Jason Schandl
Offseason targets for the Dallas Cowboys at the cornerback position, including Jimmy Smith.
Offseason targets for the Dallas Cowboys at the cornerback position, including Jimmy Smith. / Tom Pennington/Getty Images
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The Dallas Cowboys need cornerback help this offseason after letting Byron Jones walk. Unfortunately for Dallas fans, Chris Harris Jr., one of the top available players at the position, was locked up by the Los Angeles Chargers on Wednesday.

The Cowboys can't afford to let any more top corners get scooped up, and they need to act quickly. With that in mind, here are three corners they should target now that Harris is off the market.

1. Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith celebrates a play against the Bears.
Jimmy Smith celebrates a play against the Bears. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

There's nobody available that is going to be a safe bet to replace Jones. Jimmy Smith, though, has the kind of upside to replicate Jones' play, just with some risk attached. He's had a hard time staying healthy, playing no more than 12 games in any of the last four seasons. When he was on the field over the last two seasons (21 games), Smith held opponents to 6.7 yards per target when thrown at. For context, Jones held opponents to 6.2 yards per target in 2019, but gave up 7.3 in 2018.

2. Nickell Robey-Coleman

Nickell Roby-Coleman during a game against the Seahawks.
Nickell Roby-Coleman during a game against the Seahawks. / Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

Part of the exodus of talent from the Los Angeles Rams, Nickell Robey-Coleman's team option was declined. He may not exactly fill the void Jones has left, thriving as a slot corner, but he'd still be a big upgrade in the defensive backfield. We can't make a one-to-one comparison on the yards per target stat, as slot corners tend to get thrown at more on short routes, but Robey-Coleman has held opponents to an impressive 5.7 yards per target over the last two seasons. He also graded out very well on Pro Football Focus in 2019, getting a 74.1 coverage grade. That marks his third straight year with a coverage grade of at least 74.

3. C.J. Henderson

C.J. Henderson running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
C.J. Henderson running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

If the Cowboys are trying to play the waiting game and don't want to address the need through free agency, their No. 17 pick in the first round of the NFL Draft could give them some options. Both Kristian Fulton and C.J. Henderson are being projected to go in the mid-first round, and Florida's Henderson has the athletic prowess to become a special player in the pros. He ran the second-fasted 40-yard dash among corners at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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